The New York Yankees were shut out 6-0 to the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night, shrinking their division lead down to just one game over the Baltimore Orioles. However, there was some good news for the Yankees, as reliever David Aardsma made his first appearance since 2010.
Aardsma, 30, had not pitched since 2010 after undergoing Tommy John surgery, but finally made his debut in pinstripes while allowing one run in an inning of work. The former Seattle Mariners closer, who saved 69 games from 2009-10, faced five batters and threw 14 strikes out of 24 pitches. The lone run came off a solo home run, as he allowed one walk as well.
Aardsma could be a big addition to New York's bullpen as another late-inning option for the final stretch of the season and into the playoffs.
Ivan Nova got the start for the Yankees, but struggled to find his groove, allowing six hits, four runs, and two walks in just four and two third innings. Nova is now 12-8 after the loss, a disappointing record after going 16-4 last season.
After Clay Rapada relieved Nova in the fifth to get the final out of the inning, Derek Lowe came in to pitch two innings while allowing one run on two hits, with Aardsma pitching the final inning for the Yankees.
The Yankees lineup combined for five hits and three walks, but went 0-7 with runners in scoring position and couldn't get on the scoreboard.
Nick Swisher went 0-3 to snap his nine game hitting streak, but he did reach base safely with a walk.
The Yankees and Blue Jays will play game two of the four game series on Friday night at 7:07 PM ET.
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